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Beer – #951 – Double Vision – Red Rascal Red IPA

Double Vision Red Rascal Red IPA. I’ve been under the weather with a bit of a cough, and it hasn’t carried me off, and for the first time in ages (not literally it’s only about 10 days) I actually fancy a bit of a beer. A birthday beer from earlier this month.

sometimes big, sometimes small

This is a 330ml can of a beer that is 6.3% ABV and 53 IBU things,  about 169 calories a serve size,

Brewed by Double Vision Brewing in the style that is an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

More a scamp then a rascal

A rascal lives in us all, sometimes big, sometimes small, though sometimes dormant, never extinct.

Our playful nature is something close to the core and too often forgotten.

Go on, make a snowman, give it some devil horns, kick it over and make a snow angel.

Flavors: fresh, fruity, gooseberry and citrus hop characters with a gentle red malt flavor to balance.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

That’s a daily malty aroma on cracking that top open.

That is like liquid dark treacle in colour, golden treacle not that black stuff. A nice had that is foolish and firm too. That malty aroma carries to the glass well.

There is a sharply bitter finish with this beer, which is somewhat unexpected and at odds really with the quite pleasant easy going initial taste and malt fulness that this has

I’m not sure really that I’m enjoying this, I think that that tart sharp bitterness they ascribe to gooseberry is a little unsettled and out of place.

Might of course be post illness palate funk, which is possible, but that bitters is cutting through without much effort really.

This is a very nice drink to look at and that colour is a keeper, there is enough sweet and softness in there to bull that shapes mostly but it is noisy and insistent at the end and in the lingering notes of this.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. The beer did nothing to distract me from the music, and I’m not a big fan of Radiohead, and I don’t think I’ve listened to the whole of this album before. I love the colour and that way it looks in the glass, I don’t like that elevated bitterness and tart lingering that this has. It ends in a draw.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? It was a gift,  but if you look around you’ll find some.
  • Am I enjoying it? Not really, I think it might be fair to try this in a few weeks and update accordingly.
  • Would I have another? I might because I want to enjoy this more.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? On this no, its just another beer that doesn’t seem to beg for any particular attention or conversation.

Music for this:  ”  Radiohead with  “OK Computer OKNOTOK”   on the spotify

Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OK COMPUTER: the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.





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